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Unpacking the Green New Deal: A Conversation with Rhiana Gunn-Wright ’11 and Laura Brush YSE ’19
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST
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Yale Club of DC Event

Co-Sponsored with Yale BlueGreen and the
Yale Black Alumni Association


Unpacking the Green New Deal: A Conversation with Rhiana Gunn-Wright ’11 and Laura Brush YSE ’19


 Thursday, May 20, 2021


This meeting will be conducted on Zoom.  Instructions will be provided upon registration

This event is a moderated conversation between Rhiana Gunn-Wright ’11 and Laura Bush MEM’19 on climate change and climate policy. As the co-author of the Green New Deal, Rhiana will break down the policy implications and answer questions around this innovative proposal.

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic and chronic racial discrimination, this year has also seen climate chaos in the form of hurricanes, snowstorms, wildfires, floods, and heatwaves across the nation. These overlapping crises have exposed the systemic inequality that continues to disadvantage low-income communities and communities of color because of historic discrimination and disinvestment. It’s clear that future policies must address these intersecting crises and the Green New Deal (GND) proposes a roadmap to do just that.

As the coauthor of the GND, Rhiana Gunn-Wright ’11 unpacks the policies in the GND that pave the way for a bold, equitable economic recovery with millions of good green jobs. This conversation, moderated by Laura Brush YSE’19, dives into the research and climate justice proposals that embed racial equity into future climate solutions. 

About the Speakers

Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the Director of Climate Policy at the Roosevelt Institute. Before joining Roosevelt, Gunn-Wright was the policy director for New Consensus, charged with developing and promoting the Green New Deal, among other projects. Previously, she served as the policy director for Abdul El-Sayed’s 2018 Michigan gubernatorial campaign. A 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Gunn-Wright has also worked as the policy analyst for the Detroit Health Department, was a Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow of Women and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and served on the policy team for former First Lady Michelle Obama. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2011 with majors in African American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Laura Brush is a Resilience Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). Prior to joining C2ES, Ms. Brush was an analyst at Abt Associates, a public policy research and consulting firm. She supported program evaluation and communications projects for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, focusing on topics including flood risk management and toxics. Ms. Brush holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of the Environment, and a bachelor of arts in public policy and global studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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